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Catch Big John Bates in Europe in April/May presented by Dynamite Magazine, OX Magazine and Hofner Basses – more dates at Truemmer Booking + Promotion


The new BJB 7″ Black Timber Bitter Root” comes out April 8 on yellow vinyl (thanks to Rookie Records!). Recorded in Vancouver it was engineered by Hora Morior and mixed by David Carswell (Teagan & Sara, New Pornographers).

When people want to know what the band sounds like these days we tell them we’re a southern gothic death cult that plays rustic, black-hearted rock’n’roll. We are Brandy Bones on arco bass, cello and lead vocals, Big John Bates on guitars, dobro and vocals and JT Massacre on drums, percussion and tympani.


The BJB band is known around the world for enigmatic and energetic live performances, often going to the extent of employing power tools and performing in the audience. The band has a thousand live shows under their belt and shows it, every second is pure performance. Big John Bates is one of few groups able to successfully mix a southern gothic style with a rock’n’roll attitude.

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Artists Bates has performed with include Murder By Death, the Blasters, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, the Supersuckers, the Belrays, th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, Dex Romweber, Larry & his Flask and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Bates has performed at dozens of festivals worldwide including Ink & Iron Festival (US), Ribs & Blues (NE), Big Time Out (CA), 3 x Shambhala (CA), Stemwede (DE), Halifax Pop Explosion, (CA), Canadian Music Week (CA), Sjock Festival (BE). BJB has also been featured on Battlestar Galactica, A&E; Discovery Channel; Arctic Air, Bizarre Magazine; Tattooage Magazine while their songs have been in scores of movies and TV shows from Germany, France, Canada and USA.

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